A mortar and pestle is a tool that has been used by people from ancient times to crush, grind, and mix herbs and spices. You can use it instead of pepper grinder or in some cases, a hand blender. It comes very handy when you have a small quantity of something to mash and mix, especially if it’s a hard substance.
I have been craving a good mortar and pestle for some time. There are many kinds of mortars. Some of made of marble, others of metal and there are even wooden and ceramic ones. I was sure I would not buy something that stains easily or holds particles because it’s made of porous material. Neither I wanted to buy a pestle and mortar that is too smooth or light. The object is to grind or mash ingredients to a finer consistency. If there is nothing to provide resistance (such as rough surface or heavy weight), the food will just slip around the inside of the bowl. So when I saw this exacting piece, I knew I must buy it.
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